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Spend the day in Vegas

 

Everyone knows about the celebrity-filled nightclubs, exotic cuisine and top-notch hotels in Las Vegas, but do you know about all the activities you can do during the day?

After breakfast and before dinner, there is plenty of fun to be had! Be adventurous by taking a ride atop the 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower, zip line your way over Fremont Street on Flightlinez or take a thrilling ride on the 67 mph rollercoaster at New York-New York.

Take a break for lunch by dining outside for the best people-watching views (trust us, it's worth it!). Grab a seat on the patio at Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace, catch a breathtaking view of the Bellagio fountains from Todd English's Olives, or enjoy lunch and a margarita on the patio at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville at Flamingo Las Vegas.

In the afternoon, wander over to the Luxor for an inside look at BODIES...The Exhibition, which showcases the human body and organs like you've never seen before; plus learn more about the epic story of the "ship of dreams" at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Get ready to be mesmerized! America's Got Talent finalist, magician Nathan Burton, performs his grand illusions in the afternoons at Flamingo Las Vegas, while Harrah's magician Mac King provides a barrel of laughs with his unique comedy magic show.

If spending time in the great outdoors is on your must-do list, head out to Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area featuring more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding and picnic areas; or take a quick drive to Mt. Charleston in the scenic Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest for a cool afternoon hike. You could also hit a few balls at the new indoor glow-in-the-dark KISS-themed miniature golf course or challenge your friends to a quick par-3 round at the Callaway Golf Center across from Town Square on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Guns & Ammo GarageFor those who like to mix it up a bit, check out Dig This, America's first and only heavy equipment playground for some fun in the dirt. Or, grab a gun for some safe and supervised shooting practice at the new Guns and Ammo Garage. Featured machine guns include an authentic Tommy gun, Uzi, AK-47 and the new Secret Service P90 gun.

There's always plenty to do in Vegas, day or night!

Stroll down the Strip for spectacular sights

 

Bellagio Fountains      Only in Las Vegas can you see dancing water fountains, a roller coaster, a volcano, a free show featuring sexy sirens, and more - all without ever setting foot indoors.

     Take a stroll down one of the world's most famous stretches of road, Las Vegas Boulevard, and take in a variety of sights as you walk.

     The roller coaster at New York-New York soars overhead across the Manhattan skyline, and just up the road, you can enjoy outdoor dining with breathtaking views at Cabo Wabo Cantina and PBR Rock Bar & Grill outside Planet Hollywood, Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas and Margaritaville at the Flamingo Las Vegas.

     Of course, the Fountains of Bellagio and erupting Volcano at The Mirage are always marvelous to see, but continue down the Strip, safely past the pirates and sirens of Treasure Island, and enjoy the view of the Venetian Plaza and the Lake of Dreams at Wynn Las Vegas.

     A world of excitement on one block - only in Las Vegas!

Vegas is a picture perfect destination!

      You probably have a digital camera -- either one specifically made for taking pictures, or attached to your smart phone. When you're in Las Vegas, there are plenty of places to put it to good use, with its neon lights and famous boulevard.  Book your trip and stroll the Strip, because there's a photo op around just about every corner.

 The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign.    No visit to Vegas would be complete without a stop at the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.  Located on the south end of the Strip, it's one of the most recognizable signs in the world and also one of the most copied. The original designer, Betty Willis, created the sign in 1959 and never copyrighted it. It's the reason why you'll find this sign, or a version of it, everywhere from T-shirts to mugs to beach towels. So when you're here, get your picture with the real thing.

The Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas.Romance is in the air when you arrive at Paris Las Vegas.  The hotel's focal point is a 1/2 size replica of the Eiffel Tower, with its 11th floor restaurant with stunning view of the lights below.  Of course, don't miss the elevator ride to the top - at 460 feet, you'll experience a perfect panoramic 360-degree view of Las Vegas. For more great photo ops, don't miss The Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, The Paris Opera House, and the Alexander III Bridge-all reproduced to the smallest detail.

Those seeking vintage Vegas will enjoy the downtown area known as Fremont Street.  Although there are plenty of classic Vegas hotels here, you can't miss modern technology at its best with the world's largest LED canopy of light.  With more than 12 million lights, the overhead canopy displays music videos and special light shows nightly.  Make your trip to Fremont Street's Viva Vision show at night and you'll be amazed that it's as bright as day when the lights are on!

The Mirage Volcano has been erupting for more than 20 years, and now produces flames that are hotter and larger than ever, with a new fire lagoon feature.  The creators have installed dozens of fire cannons under water that will explode on command.  The effect is a choreographed fountain of fire and scored to the vibrant music of Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart.

The majestic Fountains of Bellagio.Just take a stroll down Las Vegas Boulevard and you'll get a glimpse of the world.  It's the most recognizable street in the world and you'll see first hand Bellagio's fountains, New York's famed skyline, Luxor's great pyramid, Venetian waterways and squares and secluded lakeside shows at Wynn Las Vegas.

For more scenic shots, take a quick trip to Lake Mead where you can see the famous Hoover Dam.  A quick 30-minute drive from the heart of Vegas, the Hoover Dam will amaze you with its size and commanding presence. 

Sing along at Vegas' fun piano bars

     Sometimes, it's good to be a part of the party. In Vegas, that's easy. Several sites feature piano bars where you can sing along and have a great time.

     Piano Bars rock Las Vegas nightlifeNew York-New York is home to The Bar at Times Square, where dueling pianists perform nightly. You can also double your pleasure with the Dueling Piano Twins playing nightly in the new Piano Bar at Harrah's Las Vegas.

     For more sing-along fun, head downtown to the Fremont East District and Don't Tell Mama Piano Bar or check out the late-night dueling pianos at Napolean's inside Paris Las Vegas.

     South of the Strip, you can also catch dueling pianos nightly at Pete's at Town Square.

Travel the world in one city

Not everyone can be a world traveler, but when you take a trip to Las Vegas, you can see the world all within a few blocks!

Luxor Hotel & CasinoYou'll feel like you're in the City of Lights when you visit Paris Las Vegas. The resort has detailed replicas of the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre façade, Paris Opera House and Hotel de Ville. And you certainly can't miss the 50-story, half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, now one of Las Vegas' most visible landmarks.

Take a guided tour on an authentic gondola through the Venetian's Grand Canal Shoppes in this re-creation of the Italian city of Venice. Famous landmarks including St. Marks Square and winding canals add to the experience. For more Italian elegance, celebrate the glory of Rome at Caesars Palace with its famous fountains, dramatic gabled pediments and Corinthian columns.  Catch the stars of stage and screen with a performance at the Caesars Colosseum.

Step inside the world's largest open atrium as the Luxor takes you back to ancient Egypt with its identifiable pyramid. The illuminating spotlight emanating from its apex makes the Luxor one of the few man-made structures visible from space.  Relax at the luxurious Monte Carlo Resort, where you'll feel as though you just pulled up to the famed Casino de Monte Carlo in the South of France.  Experience the cool breezes and tropical atmosphere of the South Pacific with a weekend at Mandalay Bay resort.

You can also see various parts of Americana with the Statue of Liberty and skyline at New York-New York, the French Quarter at The Orleans, and more.

See the whole world in one place - Las Vegas!

Reigning Miss USA Rima Fakih's views on Vegas

Note: This is the sixth and final in a series of blogs leading up to the Miss USA 2011 competition on June 19 at Planet Hollywood. In this entry, reigning Miss USA Rima Fakih gives us her views on Las Vegas.

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I'm mostly excited to go back to Planet Hollywood where my dreams came true. I'm also excited to see all the hot contestants.

Q: Who's your favorite Las Vegas icon?
A: Since this is the fourth consecutive year the pageant is being held in Las Vegas, would that make Miss USA a Vegas icon?

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: Five things I would pack for Vegas: three swimsuits, my iPod and sunglasses.

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: First thing I want to do when I get off the plane in Vegas is run to the nearest slot machine at the airport. I hit $500 one time before I boarded a plane home to Michigan!

Q: Where do you love to shop in Las Vegas?
A: I love to shop at the amazing CityCenter. I also love Caesars Palace because they have Niketown.

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: I have a sparkly hot-pink tube top that I only wear in Vegas. It would be way too much anywhere else!

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: I haven't really experienced Vegas nightclubs, YET! When I do I would love to go to XS Nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas and reserve a cabana.

Q: Who would be your dream date(s) for a night out in Vegas?
A: My dream date in Vegas would be Frank Sinatra and I would ask him to sing me my favorite song, "New York, New York." My second choice would be Robert De Niro because one of my favorite movies is "Casino."

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: I haven't been there yet, but I would love to go to Hard Rock Hotel's pool and hang out in one of their Tahitian-style cabanas.

Q: What's the most unique experience you've had in Las Vegas?
A: Oh this question is easy! The most unique experience I've had in Vegas is the night I won Miss USA 2010!

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: My favorite restaurant is Aureole at Mandalay Bay, which has a four-story wine tower and amazing food by Chef Charlie.

Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?
A: I would not want to miss a Cirque du Soleil show. It always leaves me breathless!

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: My must-see show is "PEEPSHOW" featuring the beautiful Holly Madison at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: The best advice I could give a first-timer in Las Vegas would be to BRING sunblock lotion because the sun is shining all day. Also, 5-hour ENERGY shots because you want to stay up all night and enjoy the Vegas Strip.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: If I could choose one resort to live in, it would be the Palms. It is beautiful and exotic!

Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization

Miss USA 2011: Along the Eastern shore

Note: This is the fifth in a series of blogs leading up to the Miss USA 2011 competition on June 19 at Planet Hollywood. In this entry, we're highlighting contestants from the East Coast.

MISS DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA USA: HEATHER DANELLE SWANN

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: Elvis! I want to take a picture with an Elvis impersonator.

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: Money, a Redbull or some type of energy drink, the cutest cocktail dresses in my closet, the cutest set of comfortable heels and a camera to document the time of my life!. 

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: Trump International Hotel Las Vegas!

MISS CONNECTICUT USA: REGINA TURNER

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: Seeing the dolphins at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage!

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: Bank at the Bellagio

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: I hear that the pools at the MGM Grand are exquisite.

MISS MAINE USA: ASHLEY-LYNN MARBLE

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: Cruise down the Las Vegas Strip in a convertible.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: Sage (at ARIA Resort) because of its fresh farm-to-table ingredients. 

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I have heard that the M Resort is amazing!

MISS MARYLAND USA: ALLYN ROSE

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I am most excited about competing in the Miss USA pageant! I will also be extremely excited to see the legendary "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign!

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: My favorite Vegas icons are Penn and Teller! Their shows are amazing! 

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: Sushi is my favorite food, so I would love to visit Shibuya and I hear Alize is amazing.

MISS MASSACHUSETTS USA: ALIDA D'ANGONA

Q: Where do you love to shop in Las Vegas?
A: I'd love to go to Le Boulevard at Paris Las Vegas!

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: As a DJ, I would love to go to the nightclub that has my icon DJ Tiesto rocking the dance floors. 

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: Girls' night out with Ellen DeGeneres. She's hilarious and is the only person who could make Vegas better!

MISS NEW HAMPSHIRE USA: LACYJANE FOLGER

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: Donald Trump, of course!

Q: What restaurants are you most excited to try in Vegas?
A: I have never been to Vegas before, but anyone that knows me knows that I am a steak and potatoes girl. My friends who have been to Vegas recommend I go to Craftsteak

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Miss USA, of course, David Copperfield and The Ultimate Variety Show.

MISS NEW JERSEY USA: JULIANNA WHITE

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: I would go to Surrender at Encore. It seems like the perfect place to visit for a night of dancing!

Q: What is the most unique experience you've had in Las Vegas?
A: The most unique experience I had in Vegas was when I solved a crime at MGM Grand's CSI: The Experience. It was so fun to be a part of what I see in the television series! 

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: The best advice I could give to someone visiting Vegas is just have fun -- go everywhere you can and make sure you go to all of the amazing clubs! Also, don't forget Band-Aids for your feet after all of the sightseeing and dancing!

MISS NEW YORK USA: AMBER MARIE COLLINS

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: Rehab at the Hard Rock because it has great cabana service.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Vegas?
A: Tao Asian Bistro because I love the giant fortune cookie dessert. 

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: Definitely New York-New York so I could get a taste of home while I was in Vegas!

MISS RHODE ISLAND USA: KATE MCCAUGHEY

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: Currently, my favorite Vegas icon is Holly Madison, star of Peepshow at Planet Hollywood. She seems so kind and has an incredibly outgoing personality, perfect for Vegas!

Q: Who would be your dream dates for a night out in Vegas?
A: My dream dates for a night out in Vegas would be my best friends. I love girls' nights out, but if Zach Efron or Justin Timberlake happen to be there, I wouldn't hate that either! 

Q: What's the one thing in Vegas you can't miss?
A: I can't miss seeing Paris Las Vegas because I have been to the city of Paris and can't wait to see the Eiffel Tower replica and relive some amazing memories.

MISS VERMONT USA: LAUREN CARTER

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: Six-inch high heels and a swimsuit ... together! Nobody does that in Vermont.

Q: What restaurants are you most excited to try in Las Vegas?
A: I haven't been, but I would love to go to Margaritaville (at Flamingo Las Vegas). I'm a huge Jimmy Buffett fan! 

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: Mandalay Bay. An amazing gym, pool and spa -- what more could I ask for?

All Miss USA contestants surveyed are over 21 years of age.
Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization

Vegas: The ultimate thrill ride

Every trip to Las Vegas is exciting, but some people want more excitement than others. If you're a thrill-seeker, Las Vegas has plenty of ways for you to get your adrenaline rushing. How about swimming with the sharks? Inside the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, there are no cages -just you, 1.3 million gallons of underwater real estate, and more than 30 sharks, including Sandtiger, Sandbar and White Tip Reef sharks.

Prefer wind over water? Hook up to a harness at the new Fremont Street Flightlinez  cruise down a zip line right over the crowds on Fremont Street and under the giant video canopy. For some zip lining with a little less neon, head out to Boulder City for Bootleg Canyon Flightlines.

If you love roller-coasters, head down to Buffalo Bill's in Primm and see how you hold up against the Desperado's Turbo Drop, a 255-foot nosedive that highlights one of the world's tallest and fastest scream machines. Or twist, loop and dive around New York City with the Coney Island-style coaster at New York-New York.

In Las Vegas, the sky is the limit. Well, almost. The SkyJump at the Stratosphere is about as you can get for a thrill ride. At 108 stories, it's the highest controlled free fall in the world. It really is the best way to see the city, hurtling towards your face at a ridiculous speed.

Book your next adventure at LasVegas.com and get all the thrills you can handle in Vegas!

Various pizza options offer another slice of Vegas!

Sometimes we blog about things because they are relevant to Las Vegas' nonstop energy, unique activities, electric atmopshere, or because they somehow specifically relate to the city we know and love as the world's most exciting and vibrant destination.

But sometimes, we're just hungry. And in the mood for pizza.

What better place to find New York-style pizza than at New York-New York, where Il Fornaio offers some seriously tasty wood-fired flavors, and the wood-burning brick oven at LAVO inside the Palazzo always produces authentic pizza.

Pizzeria Francesco's inside Treasure Island serves hand-tossed New York-style pizzas and there are dozens of pies to choose from at Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen inside the Silverton.

Wolfgang Puck's signature Smoked Salmon Pizza with Dill Cream is just one of the delicacies on the menu at Spago inside Caesars Palace, and for those of you who are up for the challenge, try to find the hidden pizza stand inside the new Cosmopolitan hotel. It's so hidden even we're not sure where it is, but trust us, it's in there.

No matter how you slice it, there's always good pizza to be found in Las Vegas! For more pizza options -- and details about all the other foods you can enjoy in the many gourmet restaurants in town, check out our dining section at LasVegas.com!

People Watching, Patio Dining -- Only in Vegas!

From award-winning hotels, to first-class dining, and fashion-forward shopping, Las Vegas offers so many great opportunities to see and be seen. Sometimes the best option is to sit back and watch. People watching in Las Vegas just made the gossip columns with our newest patio dining options.

From a prime location just off the boulevard, grab a frozen margarita and hot salsa and enjoy the scene from Diablos Cantina two-story Mexican joint at Monte Carlo Resort, or down a cold Guinness from Nine Fine Irishmen at New York New York. Both give you plenty of time to socialize and scrutinize the frenzy of tourists below!

Planet Hollywood is center strip and offers two incredible views of the Fountains of Bellagio and the new City Center complex by MGM Resorts International. Grab a frosty Pina Colada at Hawaiian Tropic Zone while people watching from the outdoor patio - the servers are just as tantalizing as the view! Yes - they have it all!

Travel the world and relish the superb French cuisine at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas. Ah Sin prepares unique Pacific Rim creations and sits at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The newest dining spot Serendipity 3, offers award-winning dining and scrumptious desserts and views of the glittering city from Caesars Palace.

If you're looking for a spectacular private dining experience, with outdoor patios and cascading waterfalls, look no further than Wynn Las Vegas (pictured). SW Steakhouse, Bartolotta, and Okada sit quietly along the private lake and feature award-winning cuisine and unmatched signature service. Nightlife follows suit in Vegas with the party scene outdoors at Wynn's Tryst and XS Nightclub, Tao at The Venetian, and PURE nightclub at Caesars Palace.

People watching, patio dining - voyeuristic fun in Las Vegas! Book your trip and take advantage of great summer offers.

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